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Murder on the Cliffs (Daphne du Maurier Mystery Series #1)

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  • Posted October 16, 2009

    Fantastic New Series

    Unlike her sisters, Daphne du Maurier has no interest in scoring herself a husband. To her mother's dismay, Daphne is much more estatic to be spending her vacation in the ancient little seaside village of Cornwall.

    The mystery of ancient homes feeds Daphne's craving for adventure. She is going to be a great novelist, and in order to do so, she must experience every facet of human emotion and delve into all manner of literature and lore. In this tiny village, she stumbles upon what appears to be a murder and is subsequently drawn into the family circle of the people most likely to have committed it.

    This story is a step back in history to a small town caught in a turn of the century time warp. Daphne is definitely a progressive woman in a time and place where such attitudes are still uncommon but quite forcefully gains the respect and admiration of those around her. And while this story is not full of heart-pounding suspense or terribly romantic, it is a fantastic mystery. The descriptive settings and characterizations make this an extremely enjoyable read.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2009

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    Fans who enjoy historical fiction wrapped inside a thin amateur sleuth will want to read Murder on the Cliffs

    Wanting to become a writer, twenty one year old Daphne du Maurier is in Cornwall conducting research at Rothmarten Abbey. During a storm, Daphne notices a teenager leaning over the body of a woman on the beach. Daphne introduces herself to Lianne Hartley, who reluctantly says the deceased is former kitchen maid Victoria Bastion, who was engaged to Lianne's brother David over the objection of his family. Local magistrate Sir Edward rules the death an accident.

    Soon after running into Lianne for the first time Daphne meets the rest of the aristocratic Hartley family whom she finds odd but fascinating. When she learns Victoria died from poisoning, Daphne investigates starting with the Hartley brood at nearby Padthaway Mansion.

    The mystery takes a back seat to the early adult life of Daphne du Maurier whose investigation serves as the conduit to her one day writing Rebecca. The suspense never comes close to that described by the lead protagonist in her novels but is a fascinating device that enables the audience to have a glimpse at the author's life and her most famous work. Fans who enjoy historical fiction wrapped inside a thin amateur sleuth will want to read Murder on the Cliffs.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2012

    Really liked this book. It made me want to read Rebecca, which t

    Really liked this book. It made me want to read Rebecca, which turned out to be my favorite book ever. It's an excellent read if you like the Cornwall/English countryside setting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2013

    I'm a big fan of the author Daphne DuMaurier and my favorite boo

    I'm a big fan of the author Daphne DuMaurier and my favorite book of all time is Rebecca, so this cute Daphne DuMaurier series is a real fun read for me.  I found the subtle tie-ins to Rebecca to be fun and I would recommend this series to women looking for a fun summer read. Definitely chick lit. 

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    Posted July 25, 2010

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